University of Edinburgh: Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating, Criticism

InstitutionUniversity of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Edinburgh College of Art
Telephone 0131 651 5740
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This programme will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of modern and contemporary art, and prepare you for further research and/or a range of careers in the art world. The programme focuses on academic study and you can also opt for a cultural sector internship in or near Edinburgh.

There are two compulsory courses, Research, Theories and Methods and Cultures and Politics of Display, and a selection of option courses that covers the latest developments in contemporary art theory and attends to the complexities of modern art.

An external Fellow in Contemporary Art Theory and Curating, a leading voice in the field, will teach you, normally for two weeks in March. Your work culminates in a dissertation of around 15,000 words. Extracurricular research seminars will introduce you to emergent trends and world-class researchers.


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